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Gemstones Series

This Emerald Precious Gemstones blog is another in my series on Gemstones. Because my focus is on gems that I am using in my jewelry, I will continue this series with Semi-Precious stones next. For now, let’s have fun learning about Emeralds!

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Emerald Precious Gemstones

An emerald precious gemstone green color is from the mineral beryl. This mineral produces a clear and rich green color.  They are not as strong as their other precious gemstones, diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.  Emeralds only come out to 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.  So take good care of your emeralds because they can chip.

Typically, emeralds are mined in Columbia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.

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Color

Emeralds can range from yellow-green to blue-green, but the main color is green.

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What Is The Importance of Emeralds?

In ancient Greece and Rome, emeralds are the gemstone of the goddess Venus, purveyor of love and hope. 

The Aztec and Inca people thought emeralds were sacred. The area where they found the emeralds is still one of the best locations.

The emeralds which have the most history were found near the Egyptian Red Sea. The ancient pharaohs found these stones. Many emeralds come from mines that were named after Cleopatra. However, these mines are no longer lush with emeralds as all of the emeralds found in these mines have been mined. Egyptians believed emeralds to be a source of eternal life.

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What Does The Emerald Gemstone Symbolize?

Throughout history, the emerald gemstone has symbolized true love and abundant wealth.  It has a striking green color that relates emeralds to the beauty of nature, hope, renewal, and growth.  It is also a stone of intuition and vision.

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Birth month Gemstone

Emerald is the birthstone for those born in the month of May.

How Do I Care For My Emerald?

You need to gently clean your emerald jewelry with a mild dishwashing detergent and an exceptionally soft old toothbrush in warm water. 

If you wish, you can also soak your emerald in this same dishwashing detergent for up to 10 minutes.

You can also use a clean soft micro-fiber cloth instead of the toothbrush to clean your emerald jewelry.

Be sure to dry your jewelry after washing with a clean soft micro-fiver cloth.

Once your jewelry is clean it is ready to be worn, or stored in a tarnish resistant bag.

Can I Wear My Emerald Jewelry Daily?

I get this question a lot.  And yes, you can wear your emerald jewelry every day.  But remember, if you’re going to work out at the gym, or in your garden, or even doing housekeeping, remove your jewelry to keep them all safe.